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UKRI Implements New OA Policy

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) introduced a new OA policy that “will increase opportunity for the findings of publicly funded research to be accessed, shared and reused.” The policy “requires immediate open access for peer-reviewed research articles submitted for publication from 1 April 2022. … It also includes a new requirement for monographs, book chapters and edited collections published from 1 January 2024 to be made open access within 12 months of publication.” To support this new policy, UKRI will provide funding of up to £46.7 million (about $64.7 million) per year.

Frontiers’ chief executive editor, Frederick Fenter, issued the following statement in response to UKRI’s policy:

UKRI’s announcement that all peer-reviewed research articles resulting from its funding must be universally available on the day of publication is a significant milestone for the open-science movement. This new requirement, which many of us have been supporting for years, stands to benefit people everywhere and attests to the progress and impact of open-access funding mandates, especially Plan S, in recent years.

The decision paves the way for greater cooperation and scientific discovery, ultimately enabling progress in helping find solutions to the other great challenges of our day, climate change, disease, food sustainability, energy systems, and more. Open science saves lives. That message has become increasingly profound over the last 18-months, with the rapid and free dissemination of research and data around COVID-19 resulting in the fastest vaccine development in human history.

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